Set of ten antique Wedgwood floral plates in the Aesthetic style. The creamware dishes feature a variety of flowers including lilies, sunflowers, stephanotis, hydrangea, and Chinese lantern. The design is transfer-printed in brown on the cream colored plate. The dishes are large for the time period measuring 9.75 inches in diameter.
The placement of the flowers and the way the flowers cover almost the entire plate is what makes this group so exciting.
H 1 in. x Dm 9.75 in.
Creamware is the name given to a type of earthenware pottery which is made from white clays from Dorset and Devonshire combined with calcined flint. Creamware was first produced in England some time before 1740. Foremost of the pioneers of creamware in the Staffordshire Potteries was Thomas Whieldon. He produced a wide variety of creamware. The young Josiah Wedgwood was in partnership with Thomas Whieldon from 1754-1759, and when Wedgwood left to set up his own business he immediately directed his efforts to the development of creamware.
Wedgwood improved creamware by introducing china-clay into both the body and glaze and so was able to produce creamware of a much paler color, lighter and stronger and more delicately worked, perfecting the ware by circa 1770. His superior creamware, known as ‘Queen’s ware’, was supplied to Queen Charlotte and Catherine the Great and became hugely popular. Most English pottery manufacturers gradually adopted the Wedgwood formula.
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